Saturday, April 30, 2016

College Lacrosse


Field trip with Connor's youth lacrosse team to watch one of the local liberal arts college teams play on a rainy Saturday afternoon. They got to go into the locker room with the team, hear the coach speak about starting the youth program across the state, and then watch the game ...


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Track & Field

Saturday was our regional meet ... and though it wasn't raining this year like last year, it was just a little bit FREEZING cold for everyone ...

It also started really early, so you see Xander still munching on a Ziplock bag of cereal ...



Sawyer was unimpressed ... and also cold ...



The 100m dash ... pulling away ...



First place ...



Shiny blue ribbons at regionals (though he covets and requested the shiny gold medals that are awarded at state) ...



Softball throw (pre-curser to shot-put) ...



Another shiny blue ribbon ...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring Game

This year, Josh and I took Connor and a buddy and Xander to the UK Spring game. Aunt Kelly and Sawyer were off on their own adventure, which was probably easier to leave from than ours (parking was a disaster and there was no police directing traffic - what?!?)





Friday, April 15, 2016

Sticks Up!



Sticks up!

One of the many things that I truly love about Connor is his adaptability. While we've yet to find a sport that he truly loves (we had four good years of baseball) as he gets older, I love his willingness to try.

We spent a few years with both mixed martial arts (MMA) and krav maga. We've offered basketball or soccer. And in looking towards middle school and possible teams that might help with that transition to a new school with new kids, we offered either archery or lacrosse.

Along with Boys Scouts, he did the camping and archery thing for a year or so, but it got old. He liked shooting the bow at targets on family farms, but wasn't much on going to the range just to practice.

$650 later, we ended up with lacrosse.

And, to be honest, I don't know if I would have been that brave at his age. He signed up for a new team with kids he didn't really know, put on all kinds of gear, laced up, sticks up, and off he went.





Is he the best kid out there? Nope, not by a long shot. But he's not the worst kid either. And he's learning, picking up new skills each week. He loves being part of the team, loves the winning record the team enjoys, and can be fierce on those face offs.



We know nothing about lacrosse. It strikes me as a cross between hockey and football or soccer, but it's learning a whole new game. And Connor was completely up for it. As in, three nights a week and some games on the weekends, up for it.



So here we are for the season ... at the big city park football field, learning a whole new sport and being impressed by Connor's adaptability and willingness to keep trying to find that sport he might one day love.

For now ... you'll find all of us on the sidelines cheering him and the team on ...

Baseball at School

One of the really cool things that happens with Sawyer's special education classroom is something called CBI (Community Based Instruction). Essentially, every month, the class and their support system take a school bus out into the community to do something fun ... whether it's learning an independence skill like grocery shopping or eating lunch at a restaurant, or whether it's social skills like seeing a movie or playing a game of baseball with kids from other schools.

This month's CBI was baseball with several other schools on the Miracle League Field at one of the large city parks. Our school even had an activity earlier in the week to make tie-die shirts so that everyone had the same "uniform" for the "game"!

Sawyer with his awesome aide Mrs. S ...





Everyone got a certificate and a medal at the end of the day. And we took team pictures for all the teachers to have to remember the day.

I wish I could show you more pictures of all the amazing kids, athletes and the staff, but there's the issue of photography releases and right to privacy to consider. It was a really fun day, and it was amazing to watch all those teachers and staff working so hard to make sure all the kids had a great day at the baseball field.

A picnic lunch of pizza and chips followed, and Sawyer LOVED that part the most!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bruno

This would be the play stance ...



And the guard dog stance ...



The sweet, innocent, come on play with me, Mom, face ...



The slightly scary, snatch the tennis ball out of the air face ...



The cute, bunny-ear face ...



The play it again face ...